Tile and Grout Cleaning Tips

Effectively cleaning your tile and grout floors is a tough job. Grout is composed of a mixture of water and cement, often including sand, coloring or finely ground gravel. This makes it a porous substance that will absorb soil, dirt, mold and mildew over time. Getting all the dirt or bacteria out of these microscopic crevices requires some strong products and attention to detail. Whether it’s deep scrubbing or using highly toxic and harsh chemicals, you’ll need to take a serious approach if you want to achieve results.

Bleach isn’t the Solution

Oftentimes the first product we consider when tackling a tough cleaning jobs is a bottle of bleach. However, due to the porous nature of grout, the “dirt” you see is usually behind a layer of soap scum or food particles (depending on if its in the bathroom or the kitchen) and will still require a decent amount of scrubbing to activate the whitening effects of the bleach. In addition, if you’re using the bleach to battle mold spores, you may actually make the problem worse. Mold can recede into the pores of the grout to escape the bleach and then come back full force after you’ve rinsed away the product.

DIY Options

The following common at-home cleaners are non-toxic option that can be used to clean your tile and grout. Do note however, that all of these products will require some scrubbing on your part:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Calcium carbonate
  • Oxygen bleach powder

 

Don’t Feel Like Scrubbing? Then Put the Brush Down!

If you’re tired of scrubbing your floors on your hands and knees, then put the brush down and call ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration Services in the New Jersey area. You can count on us to keep your tile and grout flooring looking its best using the best floor care products and cleaning techniques in the industry. We not only offer tile and grout cleaning services, we’ll apply a grout sealer after the clean to continue to protect your grout from spills and stains over time. Request a quote from us anywhere in the following counties: Hunterdon County, Somerset County, Middlesex County, and Mercer County in New Jersey.